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11. February 2021

China’s Digital Silk Road in Pakistan to Africa and Europe

China is set to lay the final stretch of a cross-border fiber optic cable in Pakistan that will create the Digital Silk Road.
Digital Silk Road will connect to a submarine cable in the Arabian Sea to service countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Europe.
At the end of the day, it is a part of Beijing’s response to step up digital projects and development of communications infrastructure.The PEACE, Pakistan East Africa Connecting Europe, cable is also expected to help reduce Pakistan’s exposure to internet outages from damaged submarine cables by providing an additional route for internet connectivity.
The laying of sea cable in Pakistan’s territorial waters will begin in March, connecting the port to the Pakistan’s national fiber optic backbone for the first time with the aim to serve the geostrategic interests of both countries.


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